Why did you transfer to Missouri State?
I knew it was time for me to take classes for a bachelor’s degree. My mom suggested Missouri State because we go to Branson a lot and pass by the school. We came for a tour and I fell in love right away. MSU teams are the Bears, and I love bears and butterflies! So I felt an immediate attachment there. Then when I went deeper into academic options, I liked that MSU wanted students to do an internship or some other experience in their career field. That really got me here. I felt like Missouri State wouldn’t leave me in the cold — I thought the school would actively help me find a lot of career options.
What was the best part of your transfer process?
The set-up was easy — you can go online and see what’s going to transfer and what’s not.
Do you think transferring here was a good financial deal?
Yes. Missouri State was cheaper than the universities in my hometown. I came from foster care, so I wanted something affordable because I don’t have my parents paying for me. My foster mom is who I call mom. She’s like a mom to me! Fortunately, I was able to get financial aid. I have a Pell Grant and a few scholarships.
You came in as undecided about a major. How did you choose your path?
I took personality tests at the Career Center and the results were basically what I already knew: I have to work with people, I can talk and I like hands-on projects.
Is it easy to get involved as a transfer student?
Yes, getting into groups or activities is not hard. I live in Woods House so I met a lot of people there. Your classes will also get you involved — for instance, in one class we go see plays. There are also lots of ways to do volunteer work. I have put meals together for hungry people and done some work with Habitat for Humanity.
I love when the whole school gets together to do activities. I really loved the Bear Bash at the start of the school year. I also really liked Homecoming — the whole college came together.
Basically, everybody here is friendly! I have not met a grumpy person. When people see you, they say hi!
What has been your favorite part of living on the Missouri State campus?
There are spots that are like little hideouts. You can be yourself and let go. My favorite outdoor spot is one I found near McDonald Arena. It’s so quiet and peaceful.
You’re from St. Louis. What do you like to do in Springfield and the Ozarks?
I like going to the mall here. I don’t have to buy anything, I just window shop! I also like going downtown, sometimes with friends and sometimes by myself. I go to a little coffee shop and sit down with a good book. I sip my cappuccino and read and just have “Te Asia time.” I am usually a social butterfly, but every now and then I have to have my time! In the Ozarks, I love Branson and my family loves the nearby lakes.
What is your favorite thing to do on campus outside of class?
I love the Rec Center because I like working out. It’s the only way I can get a true mental break from everything. I do 30 minutes of cardio on a machine, then if I’m feeling really good about myself — or if I’ve been really bad! — I run the track for 10 more minutes. I also do weight-lifting and some ab work.
What is your dream job?
I will probably go into nonprofit work. Here’s what’s in my heart: I always wanted to have a shelter for young girls where they can come to be mentored and have a place to sleep and learn, because I wish there were something like that available for me when I had a bad situation. I want girls who are almost at their breaking point to have somewhere to go. I would like to be an advocate or a mentor.
Why would you recommend Missouri State to other students thinking of transferring here?
I have been trying to convince my best friend to come here! I would recommend it because of the good cost, for one thing. And the campus is not too big, not too small. Missouri State has plenty of opportunities for internships, and there is plenty of stuff to do in the community.